FL: John Kuczwanski Shot in Apparant Self Defense at Road Rage Incident North of Tallehassee


On Thursday, January 6, shortly after 5 p.m., Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of 6700 Thomasville Road in reference to a shooting. It happened in the parking lot of a business at the intersection of Thomasville and Bannerman Roads.

There are conflicting reports about what happened, though it appears events escalated to fatal violence following a traffic incident.

Sources said that Kuczwanski apparently caused the auto accident that began the chain of events, and that he began the shootout that led to his own death.

The sources said the incident began after Kuczwanski’s BMW drifted out of its lane while heading north on Thomasville Road. The BMW hit a white Prius.

Both cars pulled into a parking lot. The driver of the Prius confronted Kuczwanski about hitting him, the sources said. The Prius’ driver got in his car to wait for law enforcement after confronting Kuczwanski. That is when, according to Florida Politics’ sources, Kuczwanski rammed his BMW into the Prius on the driver’s door, and began pushing the car sideways in the parking lot.

Kuczwanski then shot a gun at the white Prius, according to the sources. The Prius driver drew a gun and fired back into the windshield of Kuczwanski’s BMW. Kuczwanski was hit and killed, according to the sources.

When deputies arrived, they found 53-year-old John Kuczwanski with life-threatening injuries. Deputies and EMS personnel attempted life saving measures on the scene. Kuczwanski was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased.

Since the incident occurred, LCSO investigators continue to diligently interview witnesses and review video footage from surrounding businesses. One person was taken into custody and has since been released. For now, no charges have been filed in this case.

Unfortunately, Kuczwanski seemed to be prone to road rage. This was his second recorded incident of road rage at this intersection. Florida Politics reports he was arrested in a separate road rage incident there in 2014.

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